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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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1,696 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,696
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 69
Gots: 88 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Double India Pale Ale with Rye Malt brewed in tribute to Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider 1925-1966).

(Beer added by: mcallister on 06-07-2006)
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Photo of stoutlover1978


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-27-2012 12:38:36 | More by stoutlover1978
Photo of shelby415


4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-27-2012 06:36:47 | More by shelby415
Photo of B33R501


4.63/5  rDev +14%

This is beer. The first two were probably the best beers I've had this year. Subsequent bottles have not been quite as good, due to fading hop presence, same batch, only available at Beer Heaven Philly that I know of. Very much reminds me of Hop Rod Rye. Rarified company.

Pours dark amber. rust, beautiful. Huge rocky head, retention lace. Yea it's a looker. Smells fresh citrus orange and grapefruit, huge pine sap, rye bread, caramel and butterscotch malts. And thats what it tastes like, with a huge bone dry, bitter orange aftertaste that lingers forever. Thick rich butterscotch cake batter smell and taste really stand out. One of the most complex beers. Smoooth and incredibly satisfying, chewy and very sticky.

Why we drink beer. Definite candidate for "if you could drink one beer, and one beer only".

02-26-2012 15:08:15 | More by B33R501
Photo of Aschap


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-26-2012 00:20:57 | More by Aschap
Photo of derkfromwi


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Thick, frothy one inch off-white head, clear red-tinted copper color, good carbonation, lots of really good lacing

S: Really nice blend of stuff going on here, sweet malts first for me, some rye, then hops underneath and at end

T: Sweetness first, that leads into rye and citrus bitterness, some spicy booziness, and a bit of hops, nicely balanced

M: Thick and creamy, light to medium carbonation, piquant flavor

O: Good stuff, appropriately titled, good blend of malts and hops, pleasantly balanced and complex

02-22-2012 05:46:08 | More by derkfromwi
Photo of djbreezy


4.1/5  rDev +1%

appearance - rich deep amber, mostly transparent, huge offwhite head, strong retention, thick lacing

smell - big aromatic caramel malts, light hop bitterness

taste - hop bitterness on the tongue, strong malt presence, tasty profile, some pine notes but mostly focused on the malt in the midst of the flavor, east coast style ipa couple with some breadiness

mouthfeel - big body, chewy, heavy carbonation, some alcohol burn on the finish, lingers, slightly sticky, medium dryness

overall - a bit too balanced for my preference but it's a great ipa, very full flavored and has a unique take, huge huge flavor here

02-22-2012 04:37:56 | More by djbreezy
Photo of John11486


3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-21-2012 18:58:13 | More by John11486
Photo of RANDMC


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-20-2012 19:38:39 | More by RANDMC
Photo of twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-20-2012 04:16:49 | More by twowheelssoar
Photo of justintcoons


3.43/5  rDev -15.5%

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear coppery red with a 1/2 finger of foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation and sparse lacing.

N: Sweet caramel, grapefruit, rye, hints of pine, citrus and sugar.

T: Sugary toffee and rye upfront followed by caramel, rye, pine, cocoa and hints of booze. Finishes with spicy rye and hints of pine.

M: Medium bodied, sticky and dry.

O: Good amount of rye throughout this beer but the malt is too toffee-like. Tastes similar to an Imperial Red.

02-19-2012 21:21:38 | More by justintcoons
Photo of tdmccarthy


4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-19-2012 05:00:33 | More by tdmccarthy
Photo of DiscGolfRobot


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-19-2012 02:58:35 | More by DiscGolfRobot
Photo of jfcaa193


3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-18-2012 22:29:06 | More by jfcaa193
Photo of Kornoms


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-18-2012 18:26:54 | More by Kornoms
Photo of chrispoint


3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-18-2012 17:36:49 | More by chrispoint
Photo of JayS2629


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a beautiful copper with good clarity, a two finger cream head with ok retentio;n and thin walls of lace on a tulip shaped glass.

The aroma is citrus, bitter orange, lemon zest, caramel undertones, bits of toffee, some grassy hints and tangerine and grapefruit. Black pepper and spice notes.

The flavor follows with a nice, rich base of malty caramel flavors, hints of toffee, plenty of grapefruit, orange, and other citrus notes. A bit of a boozy edge with some citrus rind, pine notes, and undertones of bitter resin. Herbal and spicy hops with black pepper notes. Complex, malty underneath with a nice bouquet of hops on top.

Medium bodied, boozy finish, bitter, hoppy

Very nice. Overall a very impressionable beer.

02-18-2012 01:48:19 | More by JayS2629
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-17-2012 17:12:35 | More by MordorMongo
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-17-2012 12:49:10 | More by FalconA
Photo of mrfrancis


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Pours a gorgeous clear ruby with a thick, lingering khaki head.

S: Aromas of blood orange, caramel, toffee, rye bread, tangerine, and brown sugar indicate a very complex and heavy malt profile. I'm more than a bit surprised that I'm not detecting a more astringent, resinous bitterness from the hops.

T: Notes of rye bread and black pepper dominate the entry. At mid-palate, notes of blood orange, tangerine, toffee, caramel, vanilla bean, and brown sugar give way to notes of juniper berry, fresh herbs, lemon rind, lime zest, pineapple, papaya, and grapefruit. The finish pulls it all together with notes of lemon rind, juniper berry, toffee, rye bread, black pepper, and blood orange underscored by a mellow alcohol presence.

M: This ale is rather full-bodied and much drier than one would expect. Carbonation is firm, but understated. Alcohol presence is very restrained.

O: This is an exceptional American DIPA. If you're a fan of the style, you owe it to yourself to give this one a shot.

02-16-2012 13:53:02 | More by mrfrancis
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-16-2012 06:37:07 | More by jdprmd
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-16-2012 01:45:04 | More by rusty3335
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3.2/5  rDev -21.2%

Pours a light copper with white head. Aroma of spicy, caramel malts and slight pine. Taste is a bit muddled, with caramel, pine, spice, dustiness, meh. Heavy on the palate with some booze and low to medium carbonation. Hmmm.

This seems to be solid all around except for taste. Some strange funkiness to this one and was surprised at the lack of hidden alcohol. Maybe I should try this again, as I enjoy Hop Manna, but was not impressed here. Blegh. Average at best.

02-15-2012 22:20:28 | More by BMMillsy
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-13-2012 09:39:04 | More by zenwatts
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-12-2012 16:11:30 | More by Tyrawlings
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-10-2012 21:21:07 | More by mweso2000
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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